The arts of bonsai and haiku have been practiced in Japan for hundreds of years. This tiny tree was shot at Garvan Woodland Gardens during the 13th annual Haiku Society of America, South Region Conference, in Hot Springs, AR. It's the 4th year I've attended and always learn a lot even though I write very little poetry. I identify with this gnarled, nearly leafless, old bonsai. November, 2009.